The Unlikely Record Label From A Damp, Cloudy Climate

Following on from our previous post, by coincidence, David Shields is based in Seattle, the more-often-than-not grey city that gave rise to a musical phenomenon from the late ’80s to early ’90s that musicologists continue to debate over. The debate is most often over who was first to wear the mantle of Grunge and what song will be remembered decades from now. But, there is usually no debate over the importance of the first record label to discover and promote the new genre of music. Sub Pop began as the dream of an avid music fan, then morphed into a fanzine/bog/cassette label to finally a rag-tag record label signing unlikely acts such as Tad, Green River, Soundgarden, Mudhoney and of course, Nirvana. The story from there merges into a world of myths and legends. Frequent Life Elsewhere guest and long-time music journalist, Gillian Gaar has set about trying to sort out the Sub Pop history in her latest book, World Domination – The Sub Pop Records Story. Gillian joins Norman B to recall the early days of Grunge and the record label that grew out of the damp, cloudy climate of Seattle.

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